Israel Shuts Down for Yom Kippur

Empty highway during Yom Kippur Yom Kippur (which began at sundown Tuesday, October 8 this year) is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. It follows the 10 Days of Awe in which Jews are particularly focused on repentance, prayer, fasting and acts of charity. According to Jewish tradition, it is believed the righteous (tzaddikim) …

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Why is it Customary to Eat Pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah?

Pomegranates are in season in Israel...just in time for Rosh Hashanah. But what's the connection? We'll get to that, but first let's talk about the significance of Rosh Hashanah, the 5th of 7 major feasts of Israel. At sundown tomorrow in Israel, Jews will celebrate Rosh Hashanah ("head of the year"), their civil New Year. …

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A Testimony of Peace in the Middle East

In November, a group of us will travel to Israel to see and experience Israel in a way most never will. Our tour is organized through One for Israel, who also operates Israel College of the Bible. As soldiers of the cross, they are on the front lines of bringing reconciliation to believers in Christ. …

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Honoring an Auschwitz Survivor

One of the most moving experiences I've had in Israel is meeting Holocaust survivors and hearing their stories. There are many ways in which survivors of the horrific mass genocide at the hands of Nazi Germany are honored. In fact, I came across a moving picture of such an occasion: To celebrate her 104th birthday, …

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